Four ways for the Vancouver Canucks to become cap compliant for next season
The Canucks are basically capped out for next year already and they don’t have a full roster. GM Patrik Allvin has already stated it won’t be an issue getting cap compliant.
Buying out Oliver Ekman-Larsson would be one way but Allvin said he doesn’t want to do that. Four other options for the Canucks to shed some salary.
Trade J.T. Miller – He doesn’t have a no-movement clause until his seven-year extension kicks in on July 1st. There was interest at the deadline in Miller with a team calling on deadline day but no offer was made.
Trade Brock Boeser – Teams wanted the Canucks to retain a portion of his $6.65 million cap hit for the next two years and the Canucks weren’t interested in that. At $5 million he’d be more appealing. The Pittsburgh Penguins were interested but went with Mikael Granlund instead.
Trade Tyler Myers – Owed a $5 million signing bonus on July 1st, then only a $1 million salary with a $6 million cap hit. Has a 10-team no-trade list.
Buying out Ekman-Larsson – He has four years left on his contract and it would cost the Canucks $19.3 million spread out over eight years.
College free agent centers that might interest teams when their seasons are finished
Chris Peters of Flo Hockey: Looking at some of the top college free agent centers who will get some NHL interest.
Austen Swankler – C – Bowling Green – “He still has plenty of NCAA eligibility left, but he’s an average-sized, highly-skilled player who has good feel in the offensive zone and can make a lot of plays.”
Parker Ford – C – Providence College – “He won’t have a big market, but there are teams that like his effort and energy level that could lead to his playing a depth role down the line.”
Jaxon Nelson – C – Minnesota – “Still, big centers are hard to find and there will definitely be a few teams out there that want to give him a chance at the pro level.”
Max Sasson – C – Western Michigan – “I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go back for one more year at Western, but he’s built up some nice buzz for himself…”
T.J. Hughes – C – Michigan – “Hughes is lower on this list because I’m not sure he’s going to sign right away. That said, there’s going to be some offers out there for him.”